The Patch

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ISBN: 9781250234889
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Published: Picador - November 19th, 2019


Now in paperback just in time for the holiday season, the seventh collection of McPhee’s essays and an all around “Best of” his body of work.   McPhee brings his inimitable talent for observation to bear on several arenas of the human experience… sports, the phenomenon of celebrity status, nature…employing wit, poetry, and his trademark “turn of phrase”.  His curiosity about all things never ceases to entertain.



The Guest Book

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ISBN: 9781250110251
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 7th, 2019


Perfect for long stretches of uninterrupted reading. .. this is THAT book which will transport the reader to another time and place. This is the story of the Milton family through generations as they face the challenges of their changing landscape. From the 1930’s to the present, issues of race and class impact their lives and create upheaval. Choices made and paths taken in earlier decades come to the surface and unsettle the current generation. In life, as in literature, we can not escape our past.


Soup for Syria: Recipes to Celebrate our Shared Humanity

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By Barbara Abdeni Massaad (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781566560894
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Published: Interlink Books - October 1st, 2015

It is meant to tug on your heart strings and, at the risk of editorializing, it SHOULD! The recipes in Soup for Syria are the basic stuff of life and have sustained these people for centuries. They aren’t fancy, but as we enter the winter season, these soups are just what we want … hearty and healthful. The likes of Anthony Bourdain, Ana Sortun, Yotam Ottolenghi, Alice Waters and others have contributed to this collection. Proceeds from sales of this book will help fund relief efforts for Syrian refugees. It is the holiday spirit all wrapped up in one single volume.



Testament of Youth

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By Vera Brittain, Mark Bostridge (Introduction by), Shirley Williams (Preface by)
ISBN: 9780143039235
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 31st, 2005

One of the most heartrending and “romantic” memoirs of World War I. Testament of Youth is a classic, first published in 1933, among the literature of  the Great War, in its description of the impact of the war on women and the middle class. The unimaginable loss and sacrifice of a generation is rendered  beautifully through Brittain’s words. Her experiences as a volunteer nurse (VAD) in the armed services, a university student before and after the war, and a  tireless advocate for peace and feminist causes make this a defining and timeless work. A film version of Brittain’s work releases in the UK  in 2015.


Remember Me Like This

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ISBN: 9781400062126
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Published: Random House - May 13th, 2014

It’s Texas, hot and steamy, and the quiet desperation is palpable. Justin Campbell has been missing for four years. His mother, father and older brother have been coping each in his/her own way. Suddenly one day, Justin is returned to his family and the story that unfolds reveals in perfect pitch and tempo the toll that has been taken. The moments of redemption are sweet, but the injustice  weighs heavily. You will hope mightily for this family’s deliverance and you will be rewarded. Johnston has written a timeless masterpiece.


My Ideal Bookshelf

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By Jane Mount (Illustrator), Thessaly La Force (Editor)
ISBN: 9780316200905
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 13th, 2012

Everything about this book is cool…from the concept, to the font, to the shape, to the colorful sketches of book spines (which happen to be accurate). It screams “perfect gift book” and makes a fine complement to My Bookstore , edited by Ronald Rice, for the book lovers and readers in your life. Your most beloved authors/artists write about the books that define  their “dreams and ambitions”, in other words what constitutes  their ideal bookshelf. This book should be in everyone’s library.


My Brilliant Friend

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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

I am always attracted to the physical specimen that is a Europa edition. A smooth, square, French-flapped volume containing some of the best literary fiction being published today. My Brilliant Friend, perhaps because it is a translation, is composed of concise prose and chronicles a lifelong friendship between two women, Elena and Lila, growing up in post WWII Italy where women, particularly smart women, struggled under the repressive patriarchy. This story, the first of a trilogy, begins with a disappearance as do her other novels and ends with a bit of a cliffhanger leaving one eager for the next installment.


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ISBN: 9781451672725
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 3rd, 2012

The world of professional cycling and tenth of a second finishes is the backdrop for this story of friendship, parenthood and the "heartbreak of defeat".  Long-time friends and rivals, Kate and Zoe compete for a spot on the 2012 Olympic team. The voice of Kate's daughter Sophie, suffering with leukemia, is stunningly honest and wrenches everyone back to reality. Cleave is the author of the bestselling Little Bee and Incendiary.


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